Old Stone Shop

“For many years after 1808, farm implements were manufactured here. Lyman Batcheller & his sons bought the forge in 1835, and their forks became famous throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1902 they merged with the firm making True Temper products, which re-built the Inn.”-State Historic Marker “The Old Stone Shop is the oldest andContinue reading “Old Stone Shop”


“Sears, Roebuck and Co.,[4] commonly known as Sears, is an American chain of department stores founded in 1892 by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck and reincorporated in 1906 by Richard Sears and Julius Rosenwald. What began as a mail ordering catalog company migrated to opening retail locations in 1925, the first in Chicago,Continue reading “EMPTY SEARS STORE AT UNIVERSITY MALL IN SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT”


I AM OFFERING A 30-DAY FUNDRAISER ON INSTAGRAM FOR THE HERITAGE WINOOSKI MILL MUSEUM. THE MILL MUSEUM WILL RECEIVE 100% OF THE DONATIONS. If you agree that we must support our more intimately-sized museums, then please consider donating whatever you can to this wonderful place. Thank you!! The Mill Museum at the Champlain Mill inContinue reading “TEASER VIDEO: NEW EXHIBIT AT THE MILL MUSEUM IN WINOOSKI, VERMONT”

The William Fitzgerald Block

Today’s video is about the William Fitzgerald Block on North Champlain Street in the Old North End of Burlington,Vermont. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The William Fitzgerald Block is a historic mixed-use commercial and residential building at 57-63 North Champlain Street in Burlington, Vermont. Built about 1887, it is aContinue reading “The William Fitzgerald Block”

CLOSED! Aubuchon Hardware in South Burlington, Vermont!

In today’s video I share a personal story about why I chose to become a regular customer at my Aubuchon Hardware store. And I do so because I discovered when I went to buy my annual bag of sand, there was a sign on the door stating it had closed after 20 years at thatContinue reading “CLOSED! Aubuchon Hardware in South Burlington, Vermont!”

The Pioneer Mechanics Shops in Burlington, Vermont

Today’s video is all about the Pioneer Mechanics Shops located on Lake Street in Burlington, Vermont. (Or Pioneer Mechanics’ Shops, according to the writer of the information on the Historic Sites and Structures Survey.) The original four buildings were built in 1850, but burned down in 1858. Three were rebuilt later that year. Eventually, thereContinue reading “The Pioneer Mechanics Shops in Burlington, Vermont”

The General William Wells House

In today’s video, https://youtu.be/NGVOR7BTouA, I tell you about Brevet Major General William Wells who was the first owner of 158 South Willard Street in Burlington, VT. He served during the US Civil War as a Union soldier in the cavalry.  He went in a private and was mustered out Brevet Major General.  He was theContinue reading “The General William Wells House”

Tanker Train Cars!

I filmed today’s video, https://youtu.be/JOQPtWfaGcQ, down at the Waterfront in Burlington, VT.  Those tanker cars called my name.  You’ll see multiple switch tracks, a lever mechanism, which does the switching, tracks side-by-side, extra rail tracks(!) stacked (for installation?)and LOTS of tanker cars…some up close!!  I had never heard of Thiele-Kaolin, whose name was on theContinue reading “Tanker Train Cars!”

John J. Flynn: A Charitable Man

In today’s video, https://youtu.be/mfz235DkQf4, I share with you what was in John J. Flynn’s will, according to a 1940 Burlington Free Press article, which was written a few days after his death.  John Flynn was born in Dorset, VT and moved to Burlington, VT.  He began working as a migrant farmer, rose to manager andContinue reading “John J. Flynn: A Charitable Man”

Hickok-Burlington Cotton Company Tenement Building

“The Hickock-Burlington Cotton Company Tenement Building, https://youtu.be/uIreTN4IZDE, is probably one of the oldest surviving buildings at Winooski Falls. The structure was originally constructed to serve as a store for Reuben Harmon in 1811. Although Harmon lost the store to creditors less than seven months after it opened, the building continued to serve as a storeContinue reading “Hickok-Burlington Cotton Company Tenement Building”

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